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Open Thread: 2020 NHL Draft - Day 1

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This will be your community thread for day one of the NHL Draft

2020 NHL Draft Lottery Phase 2 Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images

Day One of the 2020 NHL Draft gets underway at 7 PM EST. The Sabres are scheduled to pick eighth overall tonight.

1. New York Rangers - Alexis Lafreniere, LW, Rimouski (QMJHL)
2. Los Angeles Kings - Quinton Byfield, C, Sudbury (OHL)
3. Ottawa Senators (from San Jose Sharks) - Tim Stuetzle, LW, Mannheim (GER)
4. Detroit Red Wings - Lucas Raymond, LW, Frolunda (SWE)
5. Ottawa Senators - Jake Sanderson, D, USA U-18 (NTDP)
6. Anaheim Ducks - Jamie Drysdale, D, Erie (OHL)
7. New Jersey Devils - Alexander Holtz, RW, Djurgarden (SWE)
8. Buffalo Sabres - Jack Quinn, RW, Ottawa (OHL)

NHL Central Scouting: No. 7 (North American skaters)

Scouts have taken notice after a solid offseason of training that enabled Quinn (6-0, 176) to become more polished and explosive with the puck on his stick. The 19-year-old is versatile enough to play all three forward positions and has the offensive instincts to execute plays. The right-handed shot was second in the Ontario Hockey League with 52 goals and tied for eighth with 89 points in 62 games this season. Seven other OHL players have scored at least 50 goals in their NHL draft season since 2000-01: Corey Locke (63, 2002-03), Patrick Kane (62, 2006-07), Steven Stamkos (58, 2007-08), John Tavares (58, 2008-09), Jeff Skinner (50, 2009-10), Alex DeBrincat (51, 2015-16) and Arthur Kaliyev (51, 2018-19).

NHL.com analysis: The Sabres need to add top-end goal-scorers, and that is what Quinn is. His skating improved as the season went on, and he’s worked on getting his lower body stronger to turn it into a strength. Quinn on the wing with centers Jack Eichel or Dylan Cozens (2019, No. 7) in the next season or two has the chance to give the Sabres an outstanding offensive attack.

9. Minnesota Wild - Marco Rossi, C, Ottawa (OHL)
10. Winnipeg Jets - Cole Perfetti, C, Saginaw (OHL)
11. Nashville Predators - Iaroslav Askarov, G, Neva St. Petersburg (Russia-2)
12. Florida Panthers - Anton Lundell, C, HIFK (Finland)
13. Carolina Hurricanes - Seth Jarvis, C, Portland (WHL)
14. Edmonton Oilers - Dylan Holloway, C, Wisconsin (Big Ten)
15. Toronto Maple Leafs - Rodion Amirov, LW, Ufa (RUS)
16. Montreal Canadiens - Kaiden Guhle, D, Prince Albert (WHL)
17. Chicago Blackhawks - Lukas Reichel, LW, Eisbaren Berlin (GER)
18. New Jersey Devils - Dawson Mercer, C, Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
19 - New York Rangers (from Calgary Flames) - Braden Schneider, D, Brandon (WHL)
20. New Jersey Devils - Shakir Mukhamadullin, D, Ufa (RUS)
21. Columbus Blue Jackets - Yegor Chinakhov, RW, Omsk 2 (RUS)
22. Washington Capitals (from Calgary Flames) - Hendrix Lapierre, C, Chicoutimi (QMJHL)
23. Philadelphia Flyers - Tyson Foerster, RW, Barrie (OHL)
24. Calgary Flames (from Washington Capitals) - Connor Zary, C, Kamloops (WHL)
25. Colorado Avalanche - Justin Barron, D, Halifax (QMJHL)
26. St. Louis Blues - Jake Neighbours, LW, Edmonton (WHL)
27. Anaheim Ducks - Jacob Perreault, RW, Sarnia (OHL)
28. Ottawa Senators (from New York Islanders) - Ridly Greig, C, Brandon (WHL)
29. Vegas Golden Knights - Brendan Brisson, C, Chicago (USHL)
30. Dallas Stars - Mavrik Bourque, C, Shawinigan (QMJHL)
31. San Jose Sharks (From Tampa Bay Lightning) - Ozzy Wiesblatt, RW, Prince Albert (WHL